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DEK Solar will be bringing its newly-introduced PV3000 metallization line to this year's AsiaSolar Energy Photovoltaic Exhibition and Forum, being held at Shanghai Mart from 30th March - 1st April. In addition to providing an opportunity for visitors to see the line in action, the exhibition will also enable attendees to find out more about the company's innovative approach to service and support.Being demonstrated at the show, DEK's PV3000 photovoltaic metallization solution optimises solar cell manufacturing productivity by deploying multiple print heads in parallel. The display will show visitors how, if one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime. Delivering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements, the platform's inherent accuracy and repeatability is ideal for demanding technologies, achieving print-on-print capability (PoP) - +/- 12.5 microns at 2 Cpk.Ideal for solar manufacturers seeking to enhance cell efficiency and drive down cost-per-watt, print-on-print is designed to give finer grid lines more height, printing the lines twice over or more to increase the conductor's cross-sectional area and enhance current-carrying capacity without shadowing the underlying silicon substrate. Since repeatable accuracy is the key enabler in this process, the PV3000 is an

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Based on preliminary figures, Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, generated consolidated revenues of EUR 473.0 million in the financial year 2009, which corresponds to the upper range of the corridor forecast for revenues (EUR 430 - 480 million). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came to EUR 12.2 million, which is also in line with guidance.All in all, performance in the financial year 2009 was dominated by the German market (global market share of 40 - 50 percent), extremely volatile demand and an unexpectedly sharp downturn in the selling prices of photovoltaic systems. Moreover, business with photovoltaic power plants also suffered from the consequences of the global financial crisis. "Our flexible business model, which is built on our two segments of Components & Systems and Power Plants, enabled us to respond to the difficult situation in the market and to win additional market share. Phoenix Solar AG ranks among the few solar companies in Germany which not only boosted revenues but also succeeded in closing the year profitably", commented Dr. Andreas Hänel, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Solar AG.Best quarterly revenues in the history of the company In the reporting year 2009, the Phoenix Solar Group generated total revenues of EUR 473.0 million (2008: EUR 402.5 million) and consequently a

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Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, which holds the brand "Yingli Solar," today announced a senior government delegation including Jiang Zemin, former President of China, Zeng Peiyan, former Vice Premier of China, and Zhang Guobao, Director of the National Energy Administration of China, visited Yingli Green Energy's headquarters in Baoding on March 5 and 6, 2010.During the two-day tour, the delegation visited Yingli Green Energy's vertically-integrated manufacturing facilities, including the Company's state-of-the-art polysilicon manufacturing plant, Fine Silicon. The delegation was briefed by the Company's management on the Company's business strategies, market position as well as prospects of the PV industry, especially in China. The delegation showed great interest throughout the tour, and congratulated the Company on its leading position in the industry and its contributions to society."It is a great honor and privilege to host Mr. Jiang and the delegation at our headquarters," said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and CEO of Yingli Green Energy. "This high level visit once again reflects Yingli Green Energy's influence in the PV industry, and is also a positive sign showing valuable

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Along with its partner Ikratos Africa, based in Burkina Faso 's capitol Ouagadougou , Phaesun GmbH from Memmingen , Germany , is constructing ten solar power plants in Koudougou Region in Burkina Faso , to be finished at the end of March. The solar modules will produce electricity for telecommunications plants. The contracting party is the telecommunications company Telecel Faso, which has been able to cover 75 % of the network with diesel-powered telecommunications plants so far. This project is Phaesun's first in the landlocked West-African country, which counts among the poorest in the world. "Thanks to every solar plant, Telecel saves more than 30,000 euros, as compared to the diesel-driven plants, and around 184 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually", explains Phaesun employer Amar Chikha, who is helping build the plant. The high acquisition costs will have already paid for themselves after two to three years, since maintenance and diesel supply are time-consuming and expensive due to long transportation distances. The solar plants are, in contrast, equipped with a remote monitoring system and are nearly maintenance free. Each system consists of 108 monocrystalline solar modules from ET Solar, batteries from Hoppecke and charge controllers, which were developed especially for telecommunication

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Suntech Power Holdings Co. (NYSE: STP) announced fourth-quarter results on Thursday that were better than expected, beating the street and sending shares up nearly 6 percent in premarket movement.The solar energy company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $49.9 million or 27 cents per share, 16 cents better than the analyst estimate of 11 cents per share. In the same quarter last year the company showed loss of $109.1 million or 69 cents per share.Revenue for the company in the quarter rose 23.4 percent to $583.6 million, widely better than the $468.25 expected by the street."We outperformed our guidance with the highest quarterly shipments volume in Suntech history and continued to extend our market share," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO. "In addition, continued progress on our cost reduction initiatives enabled us to considerably improve profitability during the quarter."Suntech expects to increase shipments by 5 percent to 10 percent in the first quarter compared to the previous quarter, while forecasting a total shipment of more than 1.25GW of photovoltaic products in the full-year 2010.The company is also continues to targets expansion to 1.4 GW of PV cell and module production capacity by the end of the first half of 2010,

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A solar energy-focused offshoot of the Kyocera Group has announced its intent to begin manufacturing solar energy modules at their San Diego-based facility in the hopes of serving a growing demand for clean and renewable energy sources.Kyocera Solar, which has its operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and serves thousands of customers around the world, announced Wednesday that the U.S.-based manufacturing would help lead the business towards a new goal of an annual global production of one gigawatt worth of solar energy cells by March 2013.Production of the cells will get underway during the first half of 2010 with the initial goal of creating 30 megawatts annually."Today's announcement is further proof that California's nation-leading green policies play a vital role in our state's economic success," said California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Even in this recession, green jobs in California have grown, and Kyocera's decision to locate its solar manufacturing operations in San Diego will create even more jobs at a time when they are needed most."Steve Hill, The president of Kyocera Solar, added that the new production aimed to tap into the "extraordinary growth" in the adoption of solar energy taking place across the country. Kyocera expects to double in production of

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Screen printing leader DEK Solar has revealed a range of technologies designed to provide advanced support for specialist photovoltaic applications. In addition to the dedicated PV1200 and PV3000 solar platforms, DEK's specialist platforms meet the requirements of diverse PV challenges - from large-scale production to flexible or non-standard substrates.As a global technology leader with a dominant market share in the screen printing sector for electronics circuit board assembly, DEK has been delivering leading-edge screen printing solutions for advanced technology applications for over 40 years. During this time, it has developed an extensive technology portfolio now proven in the field. Several of these established solutions are now finding significant application in the solar sector due to a unique ability to meet the specific requirements of specialist PV challenges. One such solution is the 248 semi-automatic screen printing platform, equipped with a range of advanced features to enhance solar cell production including programmable machine parameters, castings and precision machine-tool bearings for high levels of accuracy and repeatability.Other DEK Solar technologies for specialist PV applications include Reel-to-Reel (R2R), an advanced handling solution for continuous, flexible solar substrates. R2R uses proven precision alignment, clamping and tooling technologies to handle the demands of large, flexible

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The orders include the supply of 139 MECASOLAR trackers (1.5 MW) for the island of Crete manufactured in the company's factory in Thessaloniki.§ In the first of the contracts, PROINSO will supply 900 kW of modules and SMA inverters for solar photovoltaic projects in Crete, developed by the Greek company Hellas ADIVA.§ The second supply agreement, signed with the company REW Hellas, includes 1.77 MW of TRINA modules and SMA inverters, for a solar farm in the prefecture of Pella (Central Macedonia).§ These agreements consolidate the position of PROINSO and MECASOLAR in Greece and strengthen the international leadership position of OPDE in the solar photovoltaic market.§ PROINSO forecasts for 2010 are aimed at supplying 20% of the MW output installed during the current year in Greece.The Spanish company PROINSO- specialized in the distribution of modules, inverters, trackers and fixed structures for photovoltaic systems, has been awarded the supply of various solar photovoltaic farms in Greece which will all together amount to more than 3.2 MW of installed capacity. By signing these agreements, PROINSO and MECASOLAR consolidate their leadership position in the Greek market, where they are gaining ground internationally. According to reports from the multinational PROINSO- part of Grupo

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George Monbiot's attack on solar energy and the government's "cash-back" solar photovoltaic (PV) market-building scheme paints a distorted picture of the industry I work in, and government policy towards it (Are we really going to let ourselves be duped into this solar panel rip-off?, 2 March).First, Monbiot gets the workability of solar wrong. He says: "The amount of power PV panels produce at this latitude is risible, [and] they also produce it at the wrong time." Those who buy panels, therefore, will own a mere "fashion accessory". The companies who manufacture solar PV in the UK have shown that putting solar panels on all available building surfaces would generate more electricity in a year, under typical cloudy British skies, than the entire electricity consumption of our energy-profligate nation. Some fashion accessory.Of course, just a fraction of that area of buildings would suffice because we would want to mix and match renewable technologies - large and small, onshore and offshore - so matching loads and compensating for the fact that solar generates by day and not by night.Second, Monbiot says the government's scheme targets money where economies of scale are "impossible" - an incorrect assumption because solar electricity costs will inevitably

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Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced that it has entered into a sales agreement to provide green energy to SunDurance Energy for much of the next year.Under the agreement, the New Jersey-based SunDurance will receive more than 10 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy modules over the first three quarters of 2010.Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy, said the partnership would be an avenue that would allow Yingli to continue its expansion into the U.S. solar energy markets."Our growth strategy in the U.S. is focused heavily on the commercial and utility-scale markets, where we are pleased to have several projects already underway with SunDurance Energy and other large-scale developers. As today's announcement signifies, we're dedicated to not only building our customers' loyalty and trust through our reliable products, but also through our ongoing superior customer support," added Robert Petrina, the managing director of Yingli Green Energy Americas.Al Buknam, the CEO of SunDurance Energy, added that the latest agreement was the largest photovoltaic module purchase agreement in the company's history and was just the latest of numerous agreements between the two companies."We purposefully set this agreement on a fast- track timeframe given our positive outlook

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